COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rachael Cornicello had a career-high six points and three others had five in No. 18 Ohio State’s win over Detroit, 21-4, Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Maghan Beaudrault (4g, 1a), Alayna Markwordt (2g, 3a) and Brittney Zerhusen (3g, 2a) each put up five points as the Buckeyes (9-6) posted their largest margin of victory since they defeated the Titans (6-11) by the same score a year ago.
Fifteen OSU players tallied at least one point in the win and a total of 27 saw action, including all three goalies. Annie Carruthers, Megan Fiorito and Nikki Jones combined efforts to allow the fewest goals to an opponent all season. Carruthers, a Columbus native, earned the win between the pipes and is 8-6 this season.
Bolstered by three from Beaudrault, Ohio State exploded for the first eight goals of the game. All eight were assisted, as were 18 of the team’s on the day. Kelly Haggerty, Ohio State all-time leader in points, had three helpers in the opening run and stretched her team-leading total to 36 this season – a per game average (2.4) which ranks No. 7 among Division I players.
With the eight-goal lead, the Buckeyes surrendered two to the Titans, but fired off the next six to close out the half with a 14-2 lead. Jacqueline Orona posted two assists in the scoring spree, one to Melissa Minshall for her first goal this season and fourth of her career and the other to Zerhusen for her second of three on the day.
Coming out of the intermission, Markwordt switch gears from providing three first-half assists and scored back-to-back goals in the first 4:15 of the second period. Kirsten Donahue followed with help from Cornicello’s final of four assists to stretch the score to 17-2 with 23:40 to play. The Titans then added one and the Buckeyes answered with the next three to make it 20-3 by the 7:35 mark.
Caylee Rafalko and Rachel Wiederkehr scored the 19th and 20th goals, respectively, and after a free-position tally from Detroit at 2:56, Cornicello and Minshall teamed up to close out scoring in the final minute of their senior day for the 21-4 win.
Sunday marked the final regular-season home game for six seniors: Laura Burke, Lindsay Burkhart, Cornicello, Haggerty, Minshall and Lauren Sterner. Over the last four seasons, this group has combined for 39 wins, including a program-best tying 11 in 2009.
Detroit, who is in its second year as a varsity program, played with the same 11 players the entire 60 minutes because of an injury-depleted roster. Ohio State remained at full strength.
The Buckeyes close out the regular season next weekend at John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. Ohio State will face the Blue Jays at noon Saturday on ESPNU. Hopkins is currently third in the ALC, followed by the Buckeyes in fourth. With an OSU win, the teams would be tied for third heading into the conference tournament May 6-8 in Columbus.